Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Precision Tooling Services Ltd 
Location: Prestwick, Ayrshire
Salary: £34,000 plus £5,000 training and development budget
Closing Date: 21st July 2020

Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Precision Tooling Services Ltd (PTS), Prestwick with regular meetings with the University’s supervisory team.

An additional £5,000 training and development budget is available for this opportunity to spend during the duration of the KTP arrangement.

This is a full time/fixed term opportunity for 30 months

The Role

To carry out the research and development as specified in the KTP Workplan in order to develop and embed expertise in electrochemical machining (ECM) that will deliver enhanced capability of precision component manufacture for the aerospace, automotive and renewable energy sectors.

Essential criteria for this role include:

  • BEng/BSc(Hons) 2.1 or better in Mechanical/Manufacturing/Chemical Engineering
  • MSc/MEng Manufacturing related subject (exceptionally candidates without Masters level qualification will be considered if they have appropriate industrial experience.
  • Industrial Experience in the Manufacturing Sector
  • Communication Skills (written, oral, presentation skills, fluency in English General and Interpersonal)
  • Ability to work independently and as well as part of a Team
  • Practical/testing skills in machinery operations (experimental skills, including data acquisition/analysis)
  • Experience in Computer Aided Design/Manufacture/Analysis (CAD, FEA, CFD)

The following are highly desirable:

  • Member of a relevant engineering body (e.g. IMechE)
  • Knowledge of advanced machining processes, particularly electrochemical machining
  • Process control and power systems knowledge desirable
  • Project Management Skills
  • Commercial Awareness (Marketing, Finance and Resource Management)
  • Health and Safety Awareness
  • Ability to set priorities to meet deadlines

The Company

Precision Tooling Services Ltd (PTS) have for 30 years provided an integrated manufacturing facility in Ayrshire in conventional CNC machining and casting, for diverse but very competitive engineering sectors. PTS now wish to embark on advanced manufacturing processes, such as ECM, in order to address the UK wide skills and capability shortage, particularly in Scotland as well as to enhance future growth.  The GCU team has extensive R&D experience in advanced manufacturing gained over several decades with industry collaboration as well as globally recognised expertise in Electrochemical Machining. The project aims to develop and embed knowledge in smart and sustainable electrochemical machining (ECM) to deliver enhanced capability of precision component manufacture for the aerospace, automotive and renewable energy sectors.

There is a strong possibility that PTS may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. Furthermore. Associates are highly encouraged to register for a higher degree leading to MPhil/PhD with the University on a part-time basis. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit: There are over 200 vacancies currently available at or search ‘KTP jobs’.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 200 modern universities in the world (THE, 2019) and in the top 50 universities globally for social impact (THE, 2019).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students from more than 100 countries enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.   Our University mission, commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence is integral to everything we do and how we deliver our mission.

Please contact Professor Anjali De Silva on if you have any queries about this opportunity.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and is a holder of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. 

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process.

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

You can apply for this role through the Glasgow Caledonian University Vacancies page.


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